KOKOMO, Ind. — Creative work featured in the Indiana University Kokomo campus journal came to life Thursday (November 30) at the annual Field Live! Exhibition.
In addition to visual art displayed on the Art Gallery walls, the event included readings and performances of songs, poems, stories, and research papers published in Field: A Journal of Arts and Sciences, Volume 8.
Jim Coby, assistant professor of English and editor-in-chief, said the latest edition, published during the spring 2023 semester, was “far and away the most robust volume ever,” because of the high quality of student work submitted.
“This journal is really the product of the love, attention, and creativity of the student body here at IU Kokomo,” he said.
Senior Madeline Sinnamon was among the artists highlighted, performing a song she wrote to accompany Lullaby of Light, a digital illustration she created for her honors class during the Fall 2022 semester.
The class discussed the importance of singing, and the importance of lullabies for a child’s well-being, which inspired both her artwork and song.
“There is no culture in the world that denies lullabies to their infants,” said Sinnamon, who is completing majors in new media, art, and technology, and performing arts.
“Lullabies establish a bond between the mother or caregiver and child, and also helps kids get over fears they have, like the dark, or monsters underneath the bed.”
After writing her song, she recorded it on the Garage Band app, including vocals in three-part harmony, percussion, and guitar. The journal includes a QR code linking the song to her digital illustration, which shows a mother singing a lullaby to her infant daughter. Swirls of pixie dust around them create a magical effect, and in the background, there is an image of the infant grown into a woman, wearing a crown of musical notes and a warrior princess dress.
“She is strong and confident now because of the song her mother sang,” Sinnamon said.
The Field exhibition, which continues through Thursday, December 21, includes paintings, digital illustrations, sculptures, podcasts, videos, and more, created by IU Kokomo students and published in the spring edition of the journal.
The IU Kokomo Art Gallery is in Upper Alumni Hall, in the Library Building, 2300 S. Washington Street. Admission and parking are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.